Everest Base Camp ain't walk in the park
Trip Start Oct 08, 2007
110Trip End Dec 16, 2008
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The trip starts off as a very pleasant trek through spectacular scenery. The sun is shining and the skies are blue. It's picture perfect. However, as soon as the sun goes down, the temperature drops down to around 0C, and much below 0C as you get closer to EBC. I've never been so cold in my life. The lodges are not heated, so I was not particularly looking forward to going to bed. I was taking the camera batteries with me in the sleeping bag to preserve them from discharging from the cold
Everyone's concern was High Altitude Sickness, which is at it's best a big headache and at it's worse lethal. There is no telling who is fit for high altitude and who is not. Turned out - I was good to go. There is no cure for the altitude sickness other than going down quickly, preferably over 1,000m. Some guys couldn't go past 4,500m. My guide, a self confident asshole who I clearly didn't get along with, actually got sick with the altitude right before EBC, so I had to do the last leg of the trek by myself. Then we had to rush back to safe his sorry ass. His pain was mostly self inflicted, as he was smoking and probably drinking way beyond Namche Bazar (3,480m) where most people have their last drink and smoke.
Luckily, there were tones of people doing the same trek, so I actually had a really fun time. I met many fun people from all over the world, many eastern Europeans and even a Bulgarian guy who was traveling solo. My favorite of all people - Nikita and Jenia, free spirited Russian guys that were headed to Gokio - a trek less traveled, but allegedly prettier than EBC. We had many drinks and some smokes together in Namche and later in Kathmandu, which had disastrous, but thankfully temporary effects on my health. I've never had such a solid prove that alcohol and cigarettes are bad for you. I have not had a cigarette since Kathmandu.
Enough of this blubbering. Hope you enjoy the pictures without freezing your chops.
Yak cheez, Vik